“It is to this Jesus Christ, none other, that the Colossians now belong in belonging to the church. This is the moment when, according to the careful structure of the poem, the thought moves from creation to new creation. Paul starts where the Colossians are, as members of the one world-wide people of God. If God’s people are the new humanity, the metaphor of a human body is utterly appropriate to express not only mutual interdependence, but also, as here, an organic and dependent relation to Christ himself.” - N.T. Wright
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"This Gospel anticipates a world far different from C.S. Lewis’s Narnia, where it is “always winter, and never Christmas.” The promise of the Gospel is that it is “always Christmas.” To be “in Christ” is to enjoy each morning as a Christmas morning with the family of God, celebrating the gift of God around the tree of life." Kevin Vanhoozer
R.C. Sproul excerpt mentioned in the sermon (17:07 to 18:58):
Here is the paradox of human existence: it derives from the fact that whereas God is providential Lord over all things, all things have been subjected to "vanity" because of sin. We live in God's world, but it is a world that is fallen and under the curse. Therefore, the times and seasons and events and experiences and endeavors of mankind are both beautiful and baffling; they are a source of both delight and discouragement; there is joy in what God has ordained for us, but no lasting satisfaction this side of eternity.
– Sam Storms
The image of God is personhood and personhood can only function in relationship. The image of God is the capacity for personal relationships and, most importantly, for a personal relationship with God. When God said “let us make man in our image”, He introduces to us at that point the concept that He is a God of relationship and then creates us in that image so that we are creatures of relationship. – John MacArthur
Here is a great lesson in prayer. When we pray we must go beyond our own small interests or the concerns of our own limited circle of Christian friends and instead pray for the church of God at large. We must ask that it be strengthened throughout the whole world, and we must be encouraged by what God is doing through his people everywhere. – James Montgomery Boice
What neither the Old Testament nor Jesus revealed was the radical nature of God’s plan, which was that the theocracy (the Jewish nation under God’s rule) would be terminated, and replaced by a new international community, the church; that this church would be ‘the body of Christ’, organically united to him; and that Jews and Gentiles would be incorporated into Christ and his church on equal terms without any distinction.
– John Stott
God ordained the death of his Son to reconcile alien people groups to each other in one body in Christ. This too was the design of the death of Christ. Think on this: Christ died to take enmity and anger and disgust and jealousy and self-pity and fear and envy and hatred and malice and indifference away from your heart toward all other persons who are in Christ by faith—whatever the race.
– John Piper
When all the saints shall be gathered home they shall still talk and speak of the wonders of Jehovah’s love in Christ Jesus, and in the golden streets they shall stand up and tell what the Lord has done for them to listening crowds of angels, and principalities, and powers. – Charles Spurgeon
View him as man in his grave, view him as man at the right hand of the Father, on his throne of grace and glory, and measure, if you can, by faith, the distance between the dead body of Jesus in the tomb and what that same body now is in the full blaze of his present glory.
– J. C. Ryle
What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we have in life? To know God. What is the eternal life that Jesus gives? To know God. What is the best thing in life? To know God. What in humans gives God most pleasure? Knowledge of Himself. – J. I. Packer
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It was the whole Trinity, which at the beginning of creation said, "Let us make man.” It was the whole Trinity again, which at the beginning of the Gospel seemed to say, "Let us save man.”
– J. C. Ryle
There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us. - Richard Sibbes
I am His by purchase and I am His by conquest; I am His by donation and I am His by election; I am wholly His; I am peculiarly His; I am universally His; I am eternally His. Once I was a slave but now I am a son; once I was dead but now I am alive; once I was darkness but now I am light in the Lord; once I was a child of wrath, an heir of hell, but now I am an heir of heaven; once I was Satan's bond-servant but now I am God's freeman; once I was under the spirit of bondage but now I am under the Spirit of adoption that seals up to me the remission of my sins, the justification of my person and the salvation of my soul.
– Thomas Brooks
The greatest witness to Paul of the great power of the gospel is its claim on his own heart. When he was Christ’s enemy, God called him. When there was no desire to seek Jesus, the Savior made this Pharisee of the Jews an apostle of Jesus. Paul has been transferred from one universe to another, and it is plain to him that this was not and could not be his own doing but, rather, the sovereign work of God.
– Bryan Chapell